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Helen Skelton’s estranged husband Richie Myler has UNFOLLOWED his wife on Instagram

HELEN Skelton's estranged husband Richie Myler has UNFOLLOWED his wife on Instagram.

It comes as she is looking after their three young children in the family home alone after he started a new relationship with fan Stephanie Thirkhill.

Countryfile presenter Helen Skelton, 38Credit: Rex

The Sun revealed Helen hired a private investigator after she became suspicious about rugby league star Richie’s behaviour.

She revealed on social media last month the Leeds Rhinos ace, 31, had left her after nine years together.

It recently emerged he had already begun a new relationship with a new woman — 32-year old Stephanie Thirkill­ — just weeks after the marriage ended.

But Helen had suspected infidelity and employed a private eye to help uncover the truth.

She has since contacted Stephanie’s estranged husband Richard Sugden, who lives in Harrogate, North Yorks, to compare notes on the timeline of the relationship.

We can also reveal Richie met Stephanie at a rugby dinner last autumn — when Helen was six months pregnant and left the event early.

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Earlier in the evening, Stephanie — the daughter of Rhinos president Andrew Thirkill, who is worth £175million — had asked for a photograph with the couple and they obliged.

The new couple insist they only started their relationship after Richie had split from Helen — with whom he has three children aged six, five and four months.

This week Helen made her first public appearance since news of their split broke.

The TV star looked glam for the Sports Industry Awards in London on Thursday night, wearing a white dress and chunky gold jewellery.

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Countryfile's Helen, 38, wore her blonde hair in a dramatic side parting, with highlights adding depth to her look.

She sipped from a glass of bubbly and smiled as she posed for pictures on the red carpet.

Earlier in the week, Richie enjoyed a romantic stroll at a beauty spot with his new lover.

He was snapped with Stephanie for the first time since he walked out on heartbroken Helen.

Her estranged husband Richie Myler unfollowed her on InstagramCredit: Instagram
Helen and Richie share three kids, including a four-month-old babyCredit: Instagram
Richie has moved on with another woman he met last yearCredit: Rex

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